Happy COGD!

July 16, 2008

Today is Cost of Government Day for 2008:

Working people must toil on average 197 days out of the year just to meet all costs imposed by government.  In other words, the cost of government consumes 53.9 percent of national income.

Cost of Government Day falls four days later in 2008 than last year’s revised date of July 12.  In 2008, the average American will have to work an additional 17 days out of the year to pay off his or her cost of government compared to 2000, when the COGD was June 29. 

In fact, since 1977, COGD has fallen later than July 16 in only four of those 32 years – in 1982 and 1983, and in 1992 and 1993.  The driving factor for this development is the fact that all components of the cost of government – federal spending, state and local spending, and regulation – are now increasing faster than national income.

So, for 168 days of the year, we get to work completely for ourselves! That’s more than five months out of 12! Almost half! And you have the nerve to complain about Big Government.

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2 Responses to “Happy COGD!”

  1. Doug Says:

    Too bad we don’t get anything in return.

    How many days out of the year do we have to toil for health care? Food? Shelter? Oil? Wish those bastards would get off my back too.

  2. Harl Delos Says:

    Too bad we don’t get anything in return.

    I’m glad we don’t get all the government we pay for.

    (Yes, stolen. I suspect Will Rogers stole it, too.)


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